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#924230 - 11/06/17 04:33 AM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 2013 – November 5th – the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was launched.

MOM - also called Mangalyaan ("Mars-craft", from Sanskrit) was the first interplanetary mission launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).


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#924261 - 11/07/17 05:01 PM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1966 – November 6th – Lunar Orbiter II was launched.

The Lunar Orbiter program was a series of five unmanned missions launched by NASA to help select Apollo landing sites by mapping the Moon's surface.


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#924274 - 11/08/17 05:30 PM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1572 – November 6th – Tycho Brahe recorded a bright new star, supernova SN 1572) in the constellation Cassiopeia.

Tycho's study showed that it wasn't a local phenomenon, but a distant star. This was completely contrary to the understanding of the time that the stars were part of sphere which was perfect and unchangeable.




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#924284 - 11/09/17 05:51 AM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1656 – November 8th – Edmond Halley was born.

Edmond Halley was one of the greatest minds of his era. He is still known today for Halley's Comet, which bears his name after he correctly predicted its return.



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#924294 - 11/09/17 07:59 PM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 2005 – November 8th – ESA's Venus Express was launched.

The main objective of the mission was the long term observation of the Venusian atmosphere.

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#924298 - 11/10/17 05:09 AM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1934 – November 9th – Carl Sagan was born.

An American astronomer, Sagan was also noted as a science writer and communicator, especially for his television series Cosmos.


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#924343 - 11/12/17 06:32 AM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1967 – November 9th – a Saturn V launch vehicle took the unmanned Apollo 4 into space.

It was the first test of the Saturn V, which was used by the U.S. Apollo program to send the first astronauts to the Moon.

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#924356 - 11/13/17 05:02 AM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1875 – November 11th – Vesto Slipher was born.

Slipher was an American astronomer, and director of the Lowell Observatory in Arizona. He was the first to discover the redshift of galaxies when he measured their velocities - this laid the foundation for Hubble's later work.

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#924371 - 11/13/17 01:56 PM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 2014 – November 12th – the Philae probe became the first spacecraft to land on a comet.

Philae was the lander carried by ESA's Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

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#924393 - 11/14/17 08:15 PM Re: 2017: Astronomy and Space on this day [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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On this day in 1971 – November 13th – NASA's Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet.


Three previous missions, Mariners 4, 6 and 7, had flown past Mars, but didn't go into orbit.

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